My friend Doug Padilla. Doug is a great artist.
Many years ago we were neighbors in South Minneapolis. He was a cool guy, with cool kids, wild art masks on his walls, who played soccer (a great passion of my youth), and ran a soccer t-shirt company featuring his art.
Doug has won plenty of awards, his art has hung in major museums including the Minnesota Institute of Art, he has had international shows, and is sold widely.
Doug claims “I have no idea, I work from no idea, I come from not tradition of idea” but I don’t buy it. I see a consistent passion for life, coming to grips with mortality, and rootedness in his Mexican ancestry. I think Doug is an artist of profound ideas and deep tradition.
You can find him at dougieland.com.
I have to admit that this portrait was somewhat unintentionally soft-focused, but I liked the result so I’m counting it as a happy accident.…